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Characteristic function estimation of non-Gaussian Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes

  • Emanuele Taufer


    (DISA, Faculty of Economics, Trento University)

Continuous non-Gaussian stationary processes of the OU-type are becoming increasingly popular given their flexibility in modelling stylized features of financial series such as asymmetry, heavy tails and jumps. The use of non-Gaussian marginal distributions makes likelihood analysis of these processes unfeasible for virtually all cases of interest. This paper exploits the self-decomposability of the marginal laws of OU processes to provide explicit expressions of the characteristic function which can be applied to several models as well as to develop e±cient estimation techniques based on the empirical characteristic function. Extensions to OU-based stochastic volatility models are provided.

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Paper provided by Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy in its series DISA Working Papers with number 0805.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
Date of revision: 07 Jul 2008
Handle: RePEc:trt:disawp:0805
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